RFA FLAG SUPERIOR W and X PENNANT NUMBERS
The Flag Superior W and X were allocated to miscellaneous vessels, including Fleet Auxiliaries, from circa 1918 until they were replaced with the 1947 system with Flag Superiors A, L and K. Some ships had their pennant numbers changed 2 or 3 times during their careers.
FLAG SUPERIOR W PENNANT NUMBERS
Ship  Pennent No  
Prince Salvor 
 W 05 
Uplifter 
 W 06 
Samsonia 
 W 23 
Jaunty 
 W 30 
Salvage Duke 
 W 34 
Mariner 
 W 35 
Allegiance 
 W 50 
Reindeer 
 W 70 
Bustler 
 W 72 
Cautious 
 W 73 
Hughli 
 W 82 
Prosperous 
 W 96 
Cyclone / Growler (2) 
 W 105 
Saucy 
 W 131 
Antic 
 W 141 
Earner 
 W 143 
Empire Fred 
 W 157 
Reward 
 W 164 
Envoy 
 W 165 
Turmoil (2) 
 W 169 
Warden 
 W 170 
Capable 
 W 171 
Careful 
 W 172 
Salvestor 
 W 176 
Enforcer 
 W 177 
Encore 
 W 179 
Salvictor 
 W 190 
King Salvor 
 W 191 
FLAG SUPERIOR X PENNANT NUMBERS
Ship  Pennant No  Ship  Pennant No  Ship  Pennant No  
Oakol (2)  X 00 
 Anchorite  X 35 
 Ennerdale (1)  X 73 
Appleleaf (1)  X 01 
 Kimmerol  X 35 
 Trefoil  X 73 
Anchorite  X 01 
 Cairndale  X 36 
 Turmoil (1)  X 74 
Blackstone  X 01 
 Kurumba  X 36 
 Moiler  X 75 
Mixol  X 02 
 Thrush  X 36 
 Viscol  X 75 
Prunella  X 02 
 Melita  X 37 
 Freshpond  X 76 
Bacchus(1)  X 03 
 Limol  X 38 
 Nimble  X 76 
Bacchus (2)  X 03 
 Volunteer  X 38 
 Racer  X 76 
Barkol  X 04 
 Edgehill  X 39 
 Vitol  X 76 
Crennela  X 04 
 Limpet  X 39 
 Petrobus  X 77 
Robert Dundas  X 04 
 Melita  X 40 
 Volens  X 77 
Battersol  X 05 
 Orangeleaf (1)  X 40 
 Winkle  X 77 
C 625  X 05 
 Messenger  X 41 
 Petrella  X 78 
Denbydale  X 05 
 Robert Middleton  X 41 
 Waterwitch  X 78 
Perthshire  X 05 
 Buffalo  X 42 
 C 8  X 79 
Belgol  X 06 
 Green Ranger  X 42 
 Petronel  X 79 
Ruthenia  X 06 
 Lobster  X 42  Wave  X 79  
Servitor  X 06 
 Messenger  X 42 
 Cedardale  X 80 
Birchol (1)  X 07 
 Mixol  X 43 
 Dredgol  X 80 
Birchol (2)  X 07 
 Philol  X 43 
 Red Dragon  X 81 
Ferol  X 07 
 Cyprus  X 44 
 War Nizam  X 81 
Blackol  X 08 
 Dingledale  X 44 
 War Nawab  X 82 
Brambleleaf (1)  X 08 
 Mollusc  X 44 
 Wave King  X 82 
Olwen (1)  X 09 
 Montenol  X 45 
 Industry (2)  X 83 
Reliance  X 09 
 Thermol  X 45 
 War Sspoy  X 83 
Boxol  X 10 
 Distol  X 46 
 War Pathan  X 84 
Celerol  X 10 
 Oakol (1)  X 46 
 Chatsgrove  X 85 
Holdfast  X 10 
 Oleander (2)  X 46 
 War Diwan  X 86 
Petroleum  X 10 
 Freshtarn  X 47 
 War Hindoo  X 87 
Buffalo  X 11 
 Kimmerol  X 47 
 War Krishna  X 88 
Olythus (1)  X 11 
 Olna (1)  X 47 
 War Bharata  X 89 
Trefoil  X 11 
 Palmol  X 47 
 War Afridi  X 90 
Oligarch (2)  X 12 
 Black Ranger  X 48 
 War Brahmin  X 91 
Turmoil (1)  X 12 
 Cherryleaf (1)  X 48 
 Spa  X 92 
Burma  X 14 
 Perthshire  X 48 
 War Mehtar  X 93 
Derwentdale (1)  X 14 
 Petrella  X 49 
 War Pindari  X 94 
Attendant  X 15 
 Scotol  X 49 
 War Sudra  X 95 
Carol  X 15 
 Brambleleaf (1)  X 50 
 Brutus  X 96 
Lambridge  X 15 
 Petrobus  X 50 
 C 112  X 98 
Carol  X 16 
 Dewdale (1)  X 51 
 Freshpool  X 99 
Celerol  X 16 
 Petroleum  X 51 
 Toiler  X 100 
Cherryleaf (1)  X 17  Petronel  X 52 
 Wave Emperor  X 100  
Steadfast  X 17 
 Philol  X 53 
 C 633  X 101 
Creosol  X 18 
 Plumleaf (1)  X 54 
 Freshet  X 102 
Limpet  X 18 
 Kurumba  X 55 
 Wave Governor  X 103 
Olcades  X 18 
 Prestol  X 55 
 Eaglesdale  X 104 
Dapper  X 19 
 Greenol  X 56 
 Easedale  X 105 
Spabeck  X 19 
 Pearleaf (1)  X 56 
 Belgol  X 106 
Distol  X 20 
 Blue Ranger  X 57 
 Dinsdale  X 106 
Fidget  X 20 
 Pearleaf (1)  X 57 
 Freshbrook  X 107 
Elderol  X 21 
 Racer  X 57 
 Wave Monarch  X 108 
Bacchus (1)  X 22 
 Fortol  X 58 
 Freshener  X 109 
Ebonol (1)  X 22 
 Rapidol  X 58 
 Wave Regent  X 110 
Elmol  X 23 
 Nasprite  X 59 
 Wave Sovereign  X 111 
Larchol  X 23 
 Rapidol  X 59 
 Ingeborg  X 112 
Ferol  X 24 
 Reliance  X 59 
 C 614  X 113 
Industry (1)  X 24 
 Freshburn  X 60 
 Freshspray  X 113 
Fidget  X 25 
 Prestol  X 60 
 Airsprite  X 115 
Reliant (1)  X 25 
 Ruthenia  X 60 
 Olna (2)  X 116 
Fortol  X 26 
 Scotol  X 61 
 Freshmere  X 117 
Orangeleaf (1)  X 26 
 Serbol  X 62 
 Wave Chief  X 119 
Santa Margherita  X 26 
 VitolI  X 62 
 Freshlake  X 120 
Francol  X 27 
 Freshford  X 63 
 Freshwell  X 121 
Waterwitch  X 27 
 Looe  X 63 
 Spaburn  X 122 
Growler (1)  X 28 
 Plumleaf (1)  X 63 
 Spalake  X 123 
Maunder  X 28 
 Servitor  X 63 
 Spapool  X 124 
Mercedes  X 28 
 Kurumba  X 63 
 C 641  X 125 
Purfol  X 28 
 Silverol  X 64 
 C 642  X 126 
Hickorol  X 29 
 Slavol  X 64 
 Spabrook  X 127 
Isla  X 29 
 Wave Premier  X 65 
 Danmark  X 128 
Dapper  X 30 
 Bishopdale  X 66 
 Wave Laird  X 129 
Gold Ranger  X 30 
 Montenol  X 66 
 Wave Victor  X 130 
Holdfast  X 30  Boardale  X 67 
 Wave Conqueror  X 131  
Industry (1)  X 31 
 Francol  X 67 
 Wave Commander  X 132 
John Evelyn  X 31 
 Sprucol  X 67 
 Wave Master  X 133 
Kharki  X 31 
 Broomdale  X 68 
 Wave Pprince  X 134 
Abbeydale  X 32 
 Serbol  X 68 
 Wave Ruler (1)  X 135 
Appleleaf (1)  X 32 
 Standfast  X 68 
 Wave Protector  X 136 
Creosol  X 32 
 Brown Ranger  X 69 
 Wave Baron  X 137 
Arndale  X 33 
 Echodale  X 70 
 Wave Duke  X 138 
Isla  X 33 
 Teakol (1)  X 70 
 Wave Knight (1)  X 139 
Aldersdale  X 34 
 Crenella  X 71 
 Wave Liberator  X 140 
Kharki  X 34 
 Thermol  X 71 
 Teakol (2)  X 294 
Mollusc  X 34 






Pennant Numbers of RFA ships in the British Pacfic Fleet in World War 2
The British Pacific Fleet came into being on 22 November 1944
The following pennant numbers were issued to ships which were, at the time, RFA manned or later became RFA manned
Ship  Pennant No  Ship  Pennant No 




Bishopdale  A772  Wave Governor  B524 
Empire Clyde  B394  Wave King  B525 
King Salvor  B441  Wave Monarch  B526 
Salvestor  B442  Echodale  B530 
Salvictor  B443  Fort Langley  B532 
Arndale  B507  Bacchus (2)  B556 
Broomdale  B508  Fort Rosalie  B559 
Brown Ranger  B509  Fort Sandusky  B560 
Cedardale  B510  Fort Constantine  B578 
Dingledale  B511  Fort Dunvegan  B579 
Eaglesdale  B512  Fort Beauharnois  B586 
Green Ranger  B515  Fort Charlotte  B587 
Olna (2)  B516  Fort Duquesne  B588 
Rapidol  B517  Envoy (Tug)  B742 
Serbol  B521  Growler (2) (Tug)  B743 
Wave Regent  B522  Reward (Tug)  B745 
Wave Emperor  B523  Samsonia (Tug)  B746 
RFA Pennant Numbers since 1947
Pennant, or Pendant numbers were introduced to help to abbreviate signaling and to help make signals more secure. They also served to clear up confusion between ships with similar names and as an aid in identifying ships particularly visually.
Some of the information on this list was gleaned from an old copy of BR 619 the remainder came from an unclassified NATO document together with other records.
Ship  Pennant Number  Ship  Pennant Number  Ship  Pennant Number  





 
Tidespring  A75  Echodale  A170  Confident  A290  
Tidepool  A76  Ennerdale (1)  A173  King Salvor  A291  
Pearleaf (2)  A77  Enforcer  A177  Prince Salvor  A292  
Plumleaf (2)  A78  Hickorol  A181  Careful  A293  
Appleleaf (3)  A79  Wave King  A182  Eddyness  A295  
Bayleaf (2)  A79  Fort Rosalie (1)  A186  Oakol (2)  A300  
Orangeleaf (2)  A80  Eddycliff  A190  Warden  A309  
Brambleleaf (2) & (3)  A81  Spa  A192  Fort Sandusky  A316  
Cherryleaf (2) & (3)  A82  Wave Master  A193  Warden  A316  
Appleleaf (2)  A83  Eddyrock  A198  Retainer  A329  
Reliant (2)  A84  C642  A201  Lyness  A339  
Agile  A88  Eddyreef  A202  Stromness  A344  
Advice  A89  Careful  A203  Tarbatness  A345  
Accord  A90  Robert Dundas  A204  Freshwater  A349  
Typhoon  A95  Eddycove (ship cancelled)  A205  C668  A356  
Tidereach  A96  Wave Prince  A207  Surf Patrol  A357  
Sea Crusader  A96  Scottish American  A208  C112  A358  
Tiderace  A97  Earner  A209  Dispenser  A362  
Tideflow  A97  Wave Regent  A210  Surf Pioneer  A365  
Tiderange  A98  Wave Sovereign  A211  Empire Demon  A369  
Tidesurge  A98  Wave Ruler (1)  A212  C618  A370  
Sea Centurion  A98  Freshbrook  A213  C677  A371  
Tide Austral  A99  Ennerdale (2)  A213  Empire Fred  A372  
Wave Emperor  A100  Seafox  A214  NAV Snider  A375  
C633  A102  Wave Protector  A215  NAV Gatling  A376  
Bacchus (2)  A103  Olna (2)  A216  NAV Maxim  A377  
Eaglesdale  A104  Samsonia  A218  Encore  A379  
Easedale  A105  Dewdale (2)  A219  Cedardale  A380  
Belgol  A106  Wave Victor  A220  Empire Netta  A382  
Boxol  A107  Derwentdale (2)  A221  Salventure  A384  
Eddybay  A107  Spapool  A222  Cautious  A385  
Wave Monarch  A108  Nimble  A222  Fort Grange  A385  
Abbeydale  A109  Spabrook  A224  Fort Rosalie (2)  A385  
Bayleaf (3)  A109  Capable  A226  Saucy  A386  
Orangeleaf (3)  A110  Spabeck  A227  Fort Austin  A386  
Growler (2)  A111  Fort Duquesne  A229  Fort Victoria  A387  
Oakleaf (2)  A111  Reliant (1)  A230  Fort George  A388  
C614  A113  Fort Langley  A230  Wave Knight (2)  A389  
Derwentdale (1)  A114  Kingarth  A232  Samson  A390  
Airsprite  A115  Salvage Duke  A234  Wave Ruler (2)  A390  
Celerol  A116  Fort Charlotte  A236  Empire Plane  A393  
Wave Laird  A119  Fort Constantine  A237  NAV Enfield  A395  
Limol  A120  Amherst  A238  Empire Rita  A396  
Olwen (2) ex Olynthus (2)  A122  Bustler  A240  Empire Rosa  A397  
Olna (3)  A123  Robert Middleton  A241  Empire Zona  A399  
C85  A124  Wave Baron  A242  Bacchus (3)  A404  
Olmeda  A124  Wave Commander  A244  Hebe  A406  
Oleander (4)  A124  Wave Conqueror  A245  Resource  A480  
Fortol  A126  Wave Duke  A246  Regent  A486  
Birchol (2)  A127  Wave Governor  A247  Ocean Salvor  A492  
Bishopdale  A128  Wave Liberator  A248  Salvalour  A494  
Wave Premier  A129  Rapidol  A248  Salveda  A497  
Gold Ranger  A130  Wave Knight (1)  A249  Salvestor  A499  
Reliant (3)  A131  Petrobus  A250  Salvictor  A500  
Eddybeach  A132  Nasprite  A252  Salvigil  A501  
Diligence  A132  Philol  A253  Salviola  A502  
Arndale  A133  Prosperous  A254  Sea Salvor  A503  
NAV Nordenfeld  A135  Spaburn  A257  Sparkler  A504  
Argus  A135  Rapidol  A258  Succour  A505  
Larchol  A137  Eddycreek  A258  Swin  A506  
Jaunty  A140  Spalake  A260  Uplifter  A507  
Antic  A141  Eddyfirth  A261  Capable  A508  
Mixol  A143  Dispenser  A262 

 
Dingledale  A144  Reward  A264  Engadine  K08  
Allegiance  A150  Wave Chief  A265 

 
Dewdale (1)  A151  Green Rover  A268  Sir Bedivere  L3004  
Green Ranger  A152  Grey Rover  A269  Sir Galahad (1)  L3005  
Elmol  A154  Blue Rover  A270  Sir Galahad (2)  L3005  
Elderol  A154  Gold Rover  A271  Largs Bay  L3006  
Prestol  A155  Black Rover  A273  Lyme Bay  L3007  
Blue Ranger  A157  Viscol  A275  Mounts Bay  L3008  
Empire Salvage  A159  Resurgent  A280  Cardigan Bay  L3009  
Fort Dunvegan  A160  Kinbrace  A281  Sir Geraint  L3027  
Scotol  A161  Rowanol  A284  Sir Lancelot  L3029  
Serbol  A162  Fort Beauharnois  A285  Sir Percivale  L3036  
Black Ranger  A163  War Hindoo  A287  Sir Tristram  L3505  
Envoy  A165  Eddymull (ship cancelled)  A287  Empire Gull  L3513  
Teakol (3)  A167  War Brahmin  A288  Sir Caradoc  L3522  
Broomdale  A168  War Bharata  A289  Sir Lamorak  L3532  
Brown Ranger  A169  Confiance  A289 

